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It Came from Memphis [Upstart]
     

It Came from Memphis [Upstart]

 
Compilations can by their nature be very diverse affairs. You'd have to search for quite some time, though, to find one that squeezes as much unnerving variety into 19 cuts as this one does. Devoted to odds'n'sods of Memphis popular music from the 1950s to the '90s, this was compiled by Robert Gordon as a companion CD to his book of the same title. Memphis has a rich

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Compilations can by their nature be very diverse affairs. You'd have to search for quite some time, though, to find one that squeezes as much unnerving variety into 19 cuts as this one does. Devoted to odds'n'sods of Memphis popular music from the 1950s to the '90s, this was compiled by Robert Gordon as a companion CD to his book of the same title. Memphis has a rich rock, soul, and blues tradition, and Gordon does not plumb for the obvious Sun Records, Stax, and B.B. King cuts. This is truly obscure stuff, taken from unreleased tapes and the kinds of things you'll only find at garage sales, and defying easy capsule-review summary. Atonal one-string blues from Moses Williams; over the top '60s garage rock featuring noted producer and session musician Jim Dickinson; 1977 noise rock in the tradition of Beefheart and Pere Ubu (from the inimitable Drive Inn Danny with the Killers from Space); a ridiculous but charming soul novelty from Cliff Jackson; eccentric alternative rock from Lorette Velvette; Booker T.-like instrumental soul from the Martinis; a wacko cover of the Velvet Underground's "Story of My Life" by Lesa Aldridge (with Alex Chilton on guitar); Othar Turner's Rising Star Fife and Drum Band; electronic symphonic experimentation by William Eggleston; bursts of '50s Memphis radio by Dewey Phillips. And that's only about a half of it. Much of it's very interesting, and much of it's very wacky, but it's probably too erratic and wide-ranging to connect with listeners who don't possess extremely eclectic tastes. The mad variety also prohibits an even-keeled listening experience, but that's what programmable CD players are for.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/1995
Label:
Upstart
UPC:
0011671802220
catalogNumber:
22

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jessie Mae Hemphill   Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Track Performer
Furry Lewis   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Alex Chilton   Guitar
Green   Keyboards
Terry Manning   Organ,Vocals
Moloch   Track Performer
Neutrons   Track Performer
Avengers   Track Performer
Sid Selvidge   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Charles "Packy" Axton   Saxophone
Lee Baker   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Carl Cunningham   Drums
James Luther Dickinson   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Doug Easley   Bass
"Fish" Herring   Trumpet
Joe Hicks   Drums
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
Ross Johnson   Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Jim Spake   Saxophone
Donald W. Spicer   Guitar
Mud Boy & the Neutrons   Track Performer
Big Ass Truck   Track Performer
Lesa Aldridge   Vocals,Track Performer
Robert Barnett   Drums
Joe Boon   Bass
Colin Butler   DJ
Captain Memphis   Guitar
Joe Junior Carrera   Drums
Jimmy Carstein   Drums
Jellean Delk   Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby Dodds   Drums
Bill Donati   Drums
Drive Inn Danny   Vocals,Track Performer
David Evans   Guitar
David "Flash" Fleishman   Vocals
Joe Frank   Bass
Joe Gaston   Bass
Goat Dancers   Group
Robby Grant   Guitar
Alex Greene   Guitar
Rick Ivy   Bass
Michael "Busta" Jones   Bass
Bongo Johnny Keys   Percussion
Bobby Lawson   Vocals
Joe Lee   Guitar,Vocals
Hubby Mitchell   Keyboards
Kurt Ruleman   Drums
Jimmy Segerson   Guitar
Steve Selvidge   Guitar
Mark Tidwell   Guitar
Lorette Velvette   Vocals,Track Performer
Narvell Watson   Bass
Moses Williams   Guitar,Track Performer
Col. Lightnin' Tim Wincheter   Bass
Nik Zoos   Drums
Dewey Phillips   Track Performer
Cliff Jackson   Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
William Eggleston   Track Performer
Otha Turner   Fife,Vocals

Technical Credits

Terry Manning   Producer
Jerry Williams   Producer
Charles "Packy" Axton   Producer
Jim Crosthwait   Sound Effects
Doug Easley   Producer
Davis McCain   Producer
Jerry Phillips   Producer
Jimmy Blake   Producer
Teddy Paige   Producer
Steve Blockman   Producer
David Evans   Producer
Sheer Desperation   Producer
Uncle John's Gang   Producer
Robert Gordon   Liner Notes

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